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Eventide (edition 2005)

by Kent Haruf

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Title:Eventide
Authors:Kent Haruf
Info:Vintage (2005), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 299 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned, Read in 2012
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Eventide by Kent Haruf

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This is part two in a trilogy starting with Plainsong. Once again we spend time with the McPheron brothers and other residents of Holt Colorado. The writing style is slow and gentle; the subject matter less so. I think preferred the first book because the ending of this one left me sad more than the sense of community in Plainsong ( )
  eclecticdodo | Feb 12, 2017 |
This is the second in a series set in Holt, Colorado. The story centers on two old bachelor brothers, Raymond and Harold McPheron, who own a cattle ranch. In the first book they take in a pregnant teenager, Victoria, who changes their lives completely. She expands their world and fills it with a love they've never experienced. Early in this story she's moving away with her two-year-old daughter Katie to attend college in a town several hours away. The lives of the McPheron brothers intersect, and contrast, with other townspeople who have some serious problems of their own, including grief, loneliness, bullying, abandonment, and abuse. At the same time, many of these same characters show great bravery, independence, strength and dignity. It was satisfying in a way I don't think I have the ability to explain. I read the first books years ago and it seemed sad, and sweet and has haunted my memory ever since. This is the same. It's a quiet book, but compelling and impossible to forget. ( )
  LeslieHurd | Jan 11, 2017 |
I opened the book and fell in. Totally. Didn't ever want to come up for air. I just want to stay in this world, with these characters for a long time. ( )
  toniclark | Dec 22, 2016 |
Once again I loved this second book in the [Plainsong Trilogy]. The characters are beautifully drawn. I found this a page turner. ( )
  HelenBaker | Dec 13, 2016 |
Earlier this year I read Kent Haruf's novel, Plainsong, about the people living in and near the small town of Holt, Colorado. This novel continues that story. Some of the characters from the previous novel are joined by others to form another heart-warming story about life in this small western town.

Two characters in particular, the McPheron brothers, are at the center of the story. In the previous novel they had befriended a young unmarried woman and her child who needed a home. As the story continues she is starting college and the brothers are once again alone with themselves. While they try to learn to live without Victoria their saga contains heartbreak and, for one of them, a chance to connect with a woman late, but not too late in a life that had come near to a new depth of loneliness. There is a young boy stoically caring for his grandfather while another couple try,but do not succeed to protect their children from a violent relative. The story with its many small town characters is not only about loneliness and distress, but also about people helping each other. There are moments when danger and evil touches some lives but it is depicted in a way that seems a natural part of the human condition.

Haruf writes about people who share a stoic vision of life--and of the community and landscape that brings them together. Through his spare prose on every page these lives emerge with a beauty and endurance that is impressive. The title of the novel is from a familiar church hymn; one that I remember singing in my youth. The short chapters might be compared to the stanzas of a hymn as the story unfolds with a a sort of musical rhythm. Ultimately, Eventide is a story of the abandonment, grief, and sorrow that bind these people together. It is also a story of the kindness, hope, and dignity that redeem their lives. ( )
  jwhenderson | Sep 29, 2016 |
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Abide with me: fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail, and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me. - Henry R. Lyte
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For Cathy and in memory of my nephew Mark Kelley Haruf
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They came up from the horse barn in the slanted light of early morning.
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Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong, one of the most beloved novels in recent years, has wisely continued the franchise in Eventide, another foray into the prairie town of Holt, Colorado. We meet some of the same people--the McPheron brothers, Tom Guthrie and Maggie Jones, Victoria and her daughter Katie, and are introduced to new ones. Once again, the quirky bachelors Harold and Raymond McPheron, short on conversation and long on heart, form the sweet center of the book. The constants here are the brothers, the landscape--by turns hostile, demanding and renewing--and a few of the locals, whom we meet in varying degrees of their travails and redemption.

Victoria, the young pregnant woman the brothers took in in Plainsong, has gone off to college at Fort Collins, leaving the brothers standing at the kitchen counter, "drinking coffee and talking about how Victoria Roubideaux was doing a hundred and twenty-five miles away from home ... while they themselves were living as usual in the country in Holt County ... with so much less to account for now that she was gone, and a wind rising up and starting to whine outside the house." Much as Seinfeld was called the TV show about nothing, Haruf's books are so low-key and straightforward that a careless reader might miss the fact that they are about everything that life has to offer: love, sorrow, malice, understanding, and the connections that make and keep us human, to name a few.

DJ is an 11-year-old living alone with his grandfather, when he befriends two young girls whose father left for Alaska and decided not to return. Their mother is mired in grief and the three children, abandoned by the adults in their lives, find refuge in an old shed they make habitable. "So for a while the two sisters and the boy lay on the floor under the blankets, reading books in the dim candlelight, with the sun falling down outside in the alley, the three of them talking a little softly, drinking coffee from a thermos, and what was happening in the houses they’d come from, seemed, for that short time, of little importance." One of Haruf's particular gifts is in showing us people who give and take solace wherever it may be found.

An unfortunate disabled couple, parents of two young children, are trying to make their way in a world they cannot fathom. They are assisted by Rose Tyler, their caseworker, who is a friend of Maggie Jones. aggie, who drew Tom Guthrie out of his depression in Plainsong, is once again a catalyst for change when she introduces Rose to Raymond. There is no doubt more to come, as life in Holt, Colorado, continues to evolve and Kent Haruf keeps us informed. --Valerie Ryan

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A novel of small-town life in the high plains region around Holt, Colorado, follows the challenges, emotional upheaval, tragedies, and intertwined destinies of the local inhabitants as they cope with the changes they encounter.

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